The past year has seen some amazingly good smartphones go on sale, with faster components, better specs, more impressive build quality and bigger screens than ever before. Which one is better for you, however? Choosing the right one can be a bit of a minefield, which is why we’ve been looking at the very best smartphones currently on sale.
We’ve put together a list of five of the best handsets, and we’re pretty sure you’ll agree that all of the phones below are truly special. We’ve also tried to cover a broad range of operating systems – so if you don’t like one, simply move onto the next handset.
Samsung Galaxy S IIArguably the most capable smartphone on the planet, the Galaxy S II is an incredible piece of kit. The huge screen is pin sharp and offers great colours, and high-end features like dual-core processing make it easy to multi-task on the move.
Sony Ericsson Xperia ArcThe Arc is similar to the Galaxy S II in many ways, including the huge screen, thin design and Android operating system. The Arc manages without a dual-core processor, but it’s still blisteringly fast in daily use, helped by Sony Ericsson keeping the Android OS refreshing free of resource-intensive skins. We also love the design of the arc, with a super thin bezel around the display making it one of the smallest 4-inch smartphones.
Apple iPhone 4Although it’s been on sale for longer than its rivals, the Apple iPhone 4 still has a lot to offer. The iPhone’s screen has a higher resolution than any of its rivals – although smartphones like the Galaxy S II and Arc are sharp enough that it doesn’t really matter – and it still comes out on top when it comes to quality.
Nokia N9The Nokia N9 will never be a commercial success – unlike its rivals – as Nokia has no official plans to sell it in this country or the US. You’ll still be able to get hold of one via resellers like Expansys, however, and it’s well worth a look. The cutting-edge operating system may be lacking in apps, but it’s wonderfully easy to use, and the N9 features arguably the best phone camera yet.
HTC SensationThe Sensation may lack the wow-factor of handsets like the Arc or iPhone 4, but it’s incredibly capable and is a joy to use. It features a dual-core processor – like the Galaxy S II – and it makes light work of the Android OS and HTC Sense user interface. Quality is also impressive, making this handset well worth the money.